Wednesday, December 7, 2011

2011 Week 14 Fantasy Advice

Did you have a good Week 14? For some of you, it's playoff time, if not, it's about to be. So of course, the starts and sits are as big this week as ever, so making the right picks is crucial in a week like this. You can take off from looking at the MLB Hotstove for 10 minutes to read this, can't you?

Who to Start:

QB Matt Stafford (DET) vs. MIN: Even though he's been struggling big time of late, the Vikings should be the cure for what ails him. When Tim Tebow can throw for over 200 yards on a secondary, you know it's bad. Stafford should have a fantasy field day.

RB Reggie Bush (MIA) vs. PHI: He has been a good fantasy option in Miami's stretch of 4 wins in 5 contests, and he should have more success against the porous Eagles defense on Sunday.

WR Percy Harvin (MIN) vs. DET: He has been on fire of late, and is soon becoming Christian Ponder's favorite target. The Lions have been lit up in the secondary of late, so Harvin could have another big day in the Motor City.

WR Anquan Boldin (BAL) vs. IND: I know he has struggled at points this season, but he won't struggle against the awful Colts secondary, who just had 2 more regulars placed on IR this past week. Boldin could have a breakout game.

TE Kellen Winslow (TB) vs. JAX: No matter who is starting for the Bucs on Sunday in Jacksonville, Winslow could have a big day, because the Jaguars have had their Lions share of issues defending opposing Tight Ends. He's a risk, but one worth taking.

DEF Denver vs. CHI: Jay Cutler, Matt Forte, are just 2 of the very potent Bears offensive stars that are not going to be playing in Denver. The offense looked abysmal against Kansas City last week, and Denver's defense has had a resurgence of late (Tebow Touch). Start them this week.

Who to Sit:

QB Mark Sanchez (NYJ) vs. KC: I bet by saying this, he'll throw 3 TD's on Sunday, but nevertheless, he has been very tough to figure this season as a fantasy QB, so I'd watch out against the Chiefs, who have played well defensively in the last 2 weeks, only allowing 16 points total.

RB Peyton Hillis (CLE) vs. PIT THU: The Madden Curse has hit him maybe harder than anyone else ever afflicted with this terrible case. He should be playing on Thursday despite a hip injury, but don't expect him to do very much against the Steelers stout defense.

WR DeSean Jackson (PHI) vs. MIA: Whether he's given up or not, he should struggle no matter what against a resurgent Miami defense. Jackson's effort may be his biggest obstacle Sunday at Sun Life stadium.

WR Pierre Garcon (IND) vs. BAL: Don't let last Sunday's numbers fool you, he's still not a viable fantasy option under these circumstances. The Ravens are a hell of a lot better than New England is in the secondary, and garbage time won't be nearly as pretty for the Colts this time around.

TE Brandon Pettigrew (DET) vs. MIN: In the past few weeks, the only thing notable he's done on the scoresheet is get a personal foul for punching a ref. With the Vikings having only allowed 4 total TD's to opposing Tight Ends this season, Pettigrew should ride your bench.

DEF Tennessee vs. NO: They've quietly been the reason why the Titans are in playoff contention, and have been a solid fantasy defense as well. However, they may have some trouble against Drew Brees and the high powered Saints offense, the likes of which the Titans haven't seen all season.

3 Super Sleepers:

QB Whoever starts for Tampa vs. JAX: The injury riddled Jaguars secondary was torched on Monday Night against San Diego, and if you're truly desperate, one of Josh Freeman, Josh Johnson, or even Rudy Carpenter, could be major sleeper options.

TE Heath Miller (PIT) vs. CLE THU: The Steelers usually find success against the lowly Browns, and Heath Miller should be no exception. He has often scored TD's against the Browns, and I have a feeling he will again.

DEF Seattle vs. STL MON: The Rams may have to start an injured Sam Bradford or a 3rd string Tom Brandstater (Go Fresno State) on Monday, so this defense which picked off Vince Young 4 times, may have another big game.

Buyer Beware:

QB Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) vs. CLE THU: The Browns in a season of struggles have had a big season in the secondary defending the pass, so that could be a warning sign against starting Big Ben on Thursday.

Good Luck in Week 14!

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